Brilliant! Get it!!! Read it!!!!
Rhythms of Time: Reconnecting Palestine’s Past has been delivered to the Kindle store. Available in 2-4 working days!
I’ve mentioned this before and now I’ve got a few more specific details:
The book is aimed at the general/interested reader rather than a specialist Biblical Studies market, though its author hopes that it is affordable and interesting for students. It is priced at $7.99 in the USA (the price will be converted for local currencies). Hopefully it will be available from 1 February 2013 (this will depend on different companies and how quickly they make it available on their electronic stores). It will be available on Amazon (for Kindle), Apple iBookstore (for iPad), Barnes and Noble (for Nook), Reader Store (for Sony Reader), Kobo (for Kobo Touch, Kobo Wi-Fi, Kobo Vox), Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, eBookPie, and eSentral. The ISBN for the epub version is 978-0-9575406-1-3.
Visit your local e-publisher and pick up a copy soon as you can. I’ll be reviewing it in the next few weeks, so watch for that if you like.
- An Excerpt From Keith Whitelam’s Forthcoming “Rhythms of Time: Reconnecting Palestine’s Past” (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
Keith Whitelam on ‘Architectures of Enmity: The Abuse of Palestine’s Past‘ (Research Seminar, Biblical Studies, U of Sheffield, on Mon 4 Feb). If you’re in the area be there.
From Chapter 2, A Land Built of Bones
No one has come to this land except as an enemy, a conqueror, or a visitor devoid of understanding. The seasons pass today over the toil of the peasants, just as they did three thousand years before Christ…
As I walked up I looked at the unterraced hill to my left. What would it take to clear this and terrace it, I wondered. What a feat it must have been to look at the wild hill and plan the subdivisions. How did they know when to build the terrace wall in a straight line, when in a curve and when to be satisfied with a round enclave where only a single tree could be planted? They must have been very careful to follow the natural contours, memorizing the whole slope before deciding how to subdivide it…. Where once there was a steep hill there was now a series of gradually descending terraces. In this way my ancestors reclaimed the wild, possessed and domesticated it, making it their own.
- “Rhythms of Time: Reconnecting Palestine’s Past”, by Keith Whitelam (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- The Politics of Israel’s Past: The Bible, Archaeology and Nation-Building (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
Keith has written a new book soon to be released which will no doubt be both brilliantly written (as are all his works) and thoroughly engaging. But first, the cover (which was produced by Keith’s daughter and I think she did an absolutely brilliant job):
I wasn’t at the trial so I don’t know what Joe Zias said on the stand. I do know two things, though and they’re brief observations:
1- BAR hasn’t gone to such lengths to crucify someone (or at least destroy their reputation) since the 90′s when Hershel Shanks showed utter contempt for Keith Whitelam, Niels Peter Lemche, and Thomas Thompson.
2- I don’t really believe BAR is reporting all the facts or all the facts fairly. I don’t trust BAR to do so as it has shown itself more than willing in the past to skew the evidence to its own advantage.
What this hatchet job shows, though, in my estimation, is that BAR and its editorial staff are a mean-spirited, vicious gang of thugs. But I already knew that. I’ve known that since the 90′s.
If, however, BAR has offered the facts as they really are two more things are worth saying:
1- I have been and will remain Joe’s friend. I’m loyal to my friends and if they happen to fall beneath the weight of human frailty I don’t care- I remain loyal to them.
2- I still have absolutely NO respect for BAR, for Hershel Shanks, for his editorial staff, or for those who support their money-driven archaeology, and that won’t change either unless Shanks is fired and the magazine takes on a wholly new character by adopting a more scholarly and less greedy direction (which means ending advertisements for antiquities).
The following new publication from Sheffield Phoenix Press includes Sheffield contributions from Keith Whitelam on cartography and the construction of homeland and James Crossley on Enoch Powell’s idiosyncratic reconstruction of the Gospel tradition (he – Powell, that is - doubted whether Jesus was crucified and thought he was more likely stoned to death).
Via the Sheffield Blog.